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Bullying Prevention

Act Now! LogoBullying is a serious issue that affects thousands of students each day. In fact, more than one out of five students report being bullied, and students experiencing bullying are at greater risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is committed to keeping kids healthy and safe, both at home and at school.

That's why we created Act Now!, a continuum of bullying prevention e-learning courses designed for K4-8th grade students, school staff, and parents. Developed in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and aligned with Wisconsin School Counseling and National Health Education Standards, Act Now! helps counselors and teachers increase awareness about bullying and gives students the grade-appropriate skills they need to prevent and stop it. A staff training program is available and recommended for optimal success in reducing bullying at your school. A PBIS Tier II/III targeted behavioral intervention program and an interactive parent education website are also available. Click on individual courses for more information. 

Skills Learned

Act Now! aligns with Wisconsin and National Health Education Standards. Using online lesson and activities, and offline classroom activities, Act Now! addresses all types of bullying, including cyberbullying and sexual harassment at the middle school level. The program empowers bystanders to stand up to bullying and improve the climate of their school. Depending on the grade level, students will develop skills to combat bullying, including how to:

  • Differentiate between ordinary conflict and bullying
  • Build effective interpersonal communication skills and conflict resolution techniques in the K4-3rd grade courses
  • Use assertive comebacks and empathetic attitudes that help foster healthy classroom skills
  • Help a victim of bullying, including asking an adult for help
  • Apply these skills to their online social interactions in the 4th-8th grade courses

Easy to Implement

Act Now! can be used as a stand-alone bullying prevention curriculum or as an innovative supplement to your current curriculum. Pre- and post-tests allow you to track your students' knowledge and comprehension as they move through the course. Additionally, Act Now! courses for 6th-8th grade include pre- and post-attitude surveys that assess students' feelings about the bullying culture in their school. Each grade level course includes a comprehensive teacher's guide that prepares teachers and counselors to use the course in the classroom. 

Outcomes

Student outcomes and educator satisfaction for Act Now! demonstrate the positive effects the programs are having in producing positive changes in knowledge, attitude, and behavior. For more information, see the Outcomes page

98%

98% of educators using Act Now! felt their students learned valuable information that will lead to behavior change.
Data is from the 15-16 school year.

81%

81% of 8th grade students using Act Now! were able to identify ways to stop bullying in their school (an increase of 12%).
Data is from the 15-16 school year.

Our Courses

See the chart below for an at-a-glance view of all available Act Now! courses, along with the features of each. Click on a course to go directly to that page. 

  Online activities Offline activities Teacher-delivered Self-directed Online assessment iPad compatible
Act Now! Kindergarten      
Act Now! 1st Grade      
Act Now! 2nd Grade      
Act Now! 3rd Grade      
Act Now! 4th Grade  
Act Now! 5th Grade  
Act Now! 6th Grade  
Act Now! 7th Grade  
Act Now! 8th Grade  
Act Now! Staff Training      
Student Success: Act Now!
4th & 5th Grade
   

Student Success: Act Now!
6th - 8th Grade

   

 

Parents Act Now!

What Parents Need to Know About Bullying 

Parents Act Now! is a series of videos on the topic of bullying, including ways to handle different types of bullying situations that may affect your child or teen, whether at school, at home, or in the community.

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